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  1. I still fail to see how chirping relates to bees or hornets. There ARE insects that chirp, but I thought those were things like cicadas and crickets.

     

    Also not too sure about what chirping would relate to Batman (I know it's a joke, but still. Batman chirping would be adorable). xd.png

    Althopugh ROBINS to chirp. AND this is a spring release. A robin drake, perhaps?


  2. Kobe beef are kept in pens and prevented from moving as much as possible. Movement would toughen muscle fibres. As a result the animals cannot walk far when they do because of lactic acid build up in the muscles (ever ride or run and your legs start to burn? that's lactic acid).

     

    My chef does say they get massages and live a royal life. If that means standing in one place until day zero... I am not sure I agree.

     

    Animals in feed lots generally do get to move about, albeit they are often crazy levels of crowded. But they are still free to move.

     

    Kobe beef outside of Kobe Japan is called Wagyu as Kobe is a protected designation. Although these animals typically have high percentage of intramuscular fat. This is what makes them very tender.

     

    Kobe is also crazy levels of expensive. It's not bad tasting, but rather gross to look at for all the fat involved. We had a class a month or so back where we tried, various beef against each other, kobe, corn fed, grass fed, wet aged and dry aged meats so we could understand some of the subtle differences.

     

    I can't say I like how cattle are farmed in factory farms - these farms increase the risk for horrible things like e-coli (typically found in grain fed cattle as opposed to grass fed cattle). I tend to prefer to purchase meats from smaller farms, and local butchers where I can ask where or what the meat comes from. There is a lovely cheese maker about 60km away from me that produces cheese from cattle on a farm down the road from them.

     

    We had a gentleman from Rowe farms give a talk a while back and he purposefully moves the feed area around the farm so the Cattle get a chance to walk to and from the barn. he said that he does not typically get the prime grades on his meat because the beasties tend to burn off the fat, but they are typically healthier and more resilient against diseases.

     

    the argument of people not wanting to eat meats due to Antibiotics and growth hormones if very valid. Meats from places like Rowe Farms is generally expensive and tends to be out of the reach of lower income people (such as myself). I tend to purchase the meat from this place when it's on last day of sale, freeze it for later. The chickens are by far the meatiest birds I have ever had the chance to sink my teeth into.

     

    The prime gradings - at least in Canada(low end of the best) A AA AAA and Prime (best of the best) are based on the marbling of the meat, and typically the beasts are fed corn just before slaughter because this gives them that fattiness. The better the grade the more intramuscular fat. As I said before this makes the meat tender and adds flavour. In Canada this sort of grading is voluntary.

     

    Interesting things to look out for. Meat from young animals will be white or ivory in colour, if it starts to look noticeably yellow, this is meat from older animals. It's worse if it's being sold as a young animal.

    I have also heard that the Kobe cattle are given alcohol as well. Is that true?


  3. It will be more as an Holiday relase, I suppose.

    I also think (but of course I cannot be sure) that we will be able to find only new relase eggs and not the normal ones for more time, this relase.

    Doesn't that depend on how rare the dragons are supposed to be?


  4. I honestly wish there was more awareness of Asexuality.

     

    People in general are very ignorant about the idea, or that has been my experience. Seems like most people are very quick to assume that such a thing isn't even possible, or that you have a sad and depressing life if you don't ever have sex. Or worse, that there must be something WRONG with you somehow because you don't want it or don't care about it. Even though I believe I may be one myself I didn't even know it was a thing until after I had graduated from COLLEGE. It was incredibly awkward at times as a teenager realizing I was different somehow from my classmates and NOT having the slightest idea why. I happened to stumble across the concept of Asexuality on the internet and was like... "Wow, that sounds like it could be me. I am not alone." I had heard of the possibility of being gay or lesbian or bi but NEVER of the fact that there are others out there not interested in sex at all, or interested in it with only a person they have a a relationship with already. Seriously though, it seems like there is something wrong that I never even heard of it.

     

    Sorry, rant over. Those are just some peeves of mine.

    Bumping this question since it seems it got missed.

     

    ALSO, very interesting ideas, Bacon and Pie. * Been stalking this*


  5. Something more on-topic to the thread is something I have wondered about.

     

    I have heard some people argue that in some of the passages in the new testament, where it appears in the English to condemn homosexuality and is interpreted that way by some, that that is a misinterpretation do to a lack of equivalent words in languages. What I have heard goes that BASICALLY in Roman times ( when the NT of the Bible was primarily written) it was fairly common for masters to expect sex from their slaves...regardless of the slave's orientation or preference on the matter, and that this was at least partly a 'dominance' thing... for lack of a better way to describe it. As a slave, you had no real right to consent or refuse and basically it would amount to rape since the slave didn't have any choice. The theory I have heard is that it was this, a sort of sexual abuse of slaves, rather than an actual consensual relationship, that is being condemned in those passages. Hope this attempt at explanation doesn't fail horribly.

     

    I was wondering what everyone's take on that interpretation is.


  6. How does it differ from, say, the state of cattle farming in America?

    This... is actually a good question. I have HEARD of Kobe beef, but I am honestly not sure what is true and what is rumor.


  7. I honestly wish there was more awareness of Asexuality.

     

    People in general are very ignorant about the idea, or that has been my experience. Seems like most people are very quick to assume that such a thing isn't even possible, or that you have a sad and depressing life if you don't ever have sex. Or worse, that there must be something WRONG with you somehow because you don't want it or don't care about it. Even though I believe I may be one myself I didn't even know it was a thing until after I had graduated from COLLEGE. It was incredibly awkward at times as a teenager realizing I was different somehow from my classmates and NOT having the slightest idea why. I happened to stumble across the concept of Asexuality on the internet and was like... "Wow, that sounds like it could be me. I am not alone." I had heard of the possibility of being gay or lesbian or bi but NEVER of the fact that there are others out there not interested in sex at all, or interested in it with only a person they have a a relationship with already. Seriously though, it seems like there is something wrong that I never even heard of it.

     

    Sorry, rant over. Those are just some peeves of mine.


  8. laugh.gif  I get it! Look at all the commotion! This was his plan, is it real, is it not real, is it being not real not real? That would be good if it was though.

    TJ is no doubt laughing at all of the April Fools chaos he has created. xd.png


  9. I enjoy meat and vegetables. But I have rules governing my meat.

     

    I respect the animal who gave its life so I may eat. Therefore, I do my best to eat what I have been given with as little waste as possible. I feel that waste of the meat is a greater sin than eating it. Eating it the animal becomes part of me.

     

    I am not going to hunt unless I have to. And then if I hunt, I hunt with respect and not for fun. Killing is never fun. It is very sad.

     

    When I have killed something for food, I have appologised to the animal and thanked it for its sacrifice and then I eat it. "If I kill it I eat it" so as an aspect of my rule, I am not about to kill things I am not going to eat -  such as spiders.

     

    As a chef, I do not condone practices such as force feeding geese/ducks (foie gras) or Kobe Beef. I have eaten these products because it was part of my course, and taken left overs of these products home to finish off. However my reasoning falls back to "waste is a greater sin than eating it" The animal already gave its life for the product so the most honour and respect I could do is eat it. Otherwise, I would not go out and purchase these products because of how the animal was raised.

     

    Many places do attempt to slaughter the animals as humanely as possible but unfortunately you cannot make killing something nice or pleasant. Simply respect.

     

    My college has definitely attempted to get us to consider where our food comes from so we may better understand and respect it.

     

    And I will say this in closing -  there is a better method to killing lobsters than dropping it in a pot of boiling water. It's sticking it in the head with the knife. If anyone says "the lobster dies instantly when put in boiling water" it's a lie. They do not and I was terribly upset by the experience.

     

    Respect and be considerate of the animals and even plants you eat.

    Yes, being aware of where your food comes from is a healthy thing; something that I feel may be more rare than it used to be. Seems like there is more ignorance about exactly that sort of thing with fewer people being directly involved in raising the plants and animals intended for food. My mom grew up on a farm and her family were by no means rich so... we tended to waste very little food, and even now I try to avoid wasting it whenever possible. In that respect I understand what you are saying.


  10. I would like to add to silverswift a lot of chicken breeds are used for both meat and eggs, just certain breeds are preferred for the more specific meat or eggs due to taste and egg size/production.

    Well said.


  11. I like the thought about being able to get little tidbits of info that aren't put on either the wiki or the dragon breed description. But now I'm twitching over the impending April release...:eyes the forum then the cave warily: I just hope I'm not asleep or at work when he releases the newest eggs! xd.png

    Oh, NO! I am pretty near scroll locked! I hope it doesn't happen until some of what I have hatches!


  12. *...raises greedy Montague hand*

     

    But, no, seriously, other people should go first. I'm a happy fallback home for it, though!

    LOLS!

     

    You, ma'am, are a Montague hoarder. xd.png I am quite certain that no Capulet would dare go near your scroll. All your vampires would attack them in a second. Ah, but I am just kidding of course. I meant no offense.

     

    Seriously, though, if no one else wants the little one, you may certainly have it.


  13. Got a description Pending for my Montague.

     

    Clever in the extreme, refined, silver-tongued, and able to bend the minds of others to her will; Countess Mina is a true Montague lady. As the first pure childe of Countess Fuschia, Mina has a fair amount of influence among Montagues and has been tasked with keeping her own 'siblings'in line. Like them, she was taught to hate Capulets and to pay proper respect to all her elders, not just her 'sire'; that said, she has more respect for Daedalus than her 'Uncle' Secundus who she thinks acts rather like a cursed Capulet at times. This is a thing she must NEVER say to his face as Lady Fuschia reminds her often. Besides, as a chess player in her free time, she has cunning as well as methods of her own. Simply keep Capulets from the best territories, such as the land of the JavaTiger, and violence isn't necessary. It wasn't hard to persuade the dragons of the clan, wild vampires and all, that accepting her presence and protections was the lesser of two evils if compared to Capulet raids.

     

    ALSO! Newsflash... Countess Mina of Montague properly bit her first designated victim!

     

    Click Here to see! Anyone want to adopt it?


  14. I will grant you that that is true, Seven.

     

    Perhaps I should have clarified my statement better. There certainly are other reasons to raise cattle, or chickens either, than for meat. Milk, which you point out as an example, is a big one in my area of the world. What I meant is that for those animals that are used for meat that was often the only reason they were raised. The cattle raised for milking are typically different breeds than the ones raised for meat. At least, that is the case in my country. I understand it may not be that way everywhere. The same goes for chickens, I think... the ones raised for egg production are a different breed than the ones raised for meat. So yes, what you say is correct, but for those cattle that are raised for meat, or chickens either, that is the main reason they were bred.

     

    So... technically we both have valid points.


  15. Do I eat meat? Oh yes, definitely, I do.

     

    My family aren't really vegetarians, it just isn't how we were raised. THOUGH at our house we typically eat more chicken than we do beef. ( Which is sort of a special treat). I am sort of an omnivore, if the truth were told. Put a steak or piece of chicken in front of me and I will eat it, but by the same token but a salad or a potato in front of me and I would just as easily eat that, too. I have studied a fair amount of Biology and figure the human body is suited to a diet of BOTH. Besides, strictly speaking, the main reason that some animals were bred at all was, quite truthfully, to be eaten. If it weren't for the fact that people eat steak, there would be a lot fewer cows in the world because there would be no reason for farmers to raise them.

     

    That said, I have no ISSUES, as such, with vegetarians, I just couldn't be one myself.